Thursday, July 26, 2012

Pencil Basket FREEBIE and a winner!

With just 2 weeks until I go back (nooooooooo) I am starting to work on those nitty gritty details. Today I redid my pencil baskets.
I bought these black baskets in the Target Dollar Spot. If you'd like a FREE copy of the labels click {HERE.}

Last year I used 2 that looked like this:
I borrowed this pic from http://www.youaremyfave.com/ since I forget to take a pic.
They worked okay but I have 30 students so I wanted to be able to keep more pencils in there. Plus, my students sometimes knocked it over so I was hoping the larger base on the black one will prevent that.

Do you use dull/sharp baskets? Yes, I have to teach them the vocabulary word dull but rather than avoid it, I embrace it as a teachable moment! I can't stand the sound of the pencil sharpener so I ask parent volunteers to do it in the office or at recess to keep the pencils stocked. I train the kids that they must leave a dull to get a sharp so they don't end up hoarding pencils!

I would also like to announce the winner of my Decoding Strategies Giveaway.

Congrats to Janina!

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I am happy to say my TpT store issues have been resolved so you can click {HERE} to go grab your set for only $2.

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13 comments:

  1. OMG! I *just* bought those today! I'm going to use them for scissors and glue sticks. I love Target Dollar Spot!

    Apple Blossoms

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  2. Thanks for sharing. I am going to Target today, I hope they still have these.
    Barbara
    happyteachingfirst.blogspot.com

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  3. Thanks for the freebie! I see you have 30 kiddos... is that nomal for you? We are looking at 28/29 this year and I'm used to 21ish. :-( I will be looking to you for inspiration and possibly picking your brain if things get too hairy!!

    Enjoy your last 2 weeks... that's what I've got, as well!
    ~Laura

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    1. Yes, we moved to 30 (k-2) 2 years ago. We were already at 31 in 3-5 before that so I have had 30 for a while now. As you'd expect, you totally feel those extra 10 kids. Good management is the key. I'd be happy to help (or commiserate) if I can.

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  4. I love your blog. I have given you the "One Lovely Blog" Award over on my blog. I would love you to stop by.

    Cara
    The Teacher's Backpack

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  5. What a great idea! Thanks for the labels :)

    Sara

    Miss Elementary

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  6. I use a rectangular plastic desk pencil box laid open so it's kinda flat. The kids know to put dull pencils in the back/top portion and sharp ones are in the front/bottom.

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  7. I love the baskets. I cant go into Target without stopping at the dollar area.

    **new blogger** http://flyingintofirst.blogspot.com

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  8. I use the dull/sharp labels on my "pencil buckets"... they look like the ones that you used to have, and they drive me nuts when they fall over/don't fit enough pencils.

    Have you seen the straw dispenser/pencil holders on Pinterest? I would love some of those!

    Logan
    Coffee for the Teacher

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  9. I lover your idea. I have nominated you for the versatile blogger award.

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  10. Thanks for the free labels! I'm giving the One Lovely Blog Award to you (if you don't already have it). You can grab the award on my blog FreeFallinIntoFirst.blogspot.com . Thanks for all you do! -Ashley

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